Váci Utca

Váci Utca (Váci Street) is Budapest’s major thoroughfare, along with Andrássy Avenue. This pedestrian street is considered to be the heart of the tourist district and the best shopping street in Budapest.

Váci Street runs parallel to the Danube River, between Vörösmarty Square and the Central Market Hall (Nagy Vasarcsarnok in Hungarian).


During the Middle Ages, Budapest was surrounded by a medieval city wall, built on what is currently Déak Ferenc Utca (street). When it was first constructed, Váci Utca was a central boulevard that led to one of the city gates, which in time was transformed into Vörösmarty square.

Váci Street was established during the eighteenth century and certain of the grand buildings that were constructed during the same period are still standing. However, most of the mansions along the avenue date back to the nineteenth and twentieth century.

When it was first formed, Váci Utca was very popular among Budapest’s wealthiest families and many had their houses erected on this thoroughfare. Nowadays, the street is packed with retailers, shopping malls, souvenir shops, hotels, restaurants and cafés.

The oldest building in Váci Street was founded in 1805. It is an impressive estate located on Váci Utca, 13.

A charming pedestrian zone

Váci Utca is one of the main shopping streets in Budapest and its striking buildings also make it one of the most elegant commercial streets in the city. It is a great place to discover both during the day and at nighttime. Its stores, packed cafés with delicious pastries, and its pedestrian path make it an ideal place to enjoy an evening stroll.


Metro: Vörösmarty tér (M1 line) or Ferenciek tere (M3 line).
Tram: Fővám tér, lines 2, 27 and 29.